The issue of urban development is never easy. Incorporating old communities into new ones is always fraught with controversy, especially in New York City.
The area of Willets Point in Queens has long been a target for redevelopment.
In December of 2011, Mayor Bloomberg finally broke ground on the preliminary phase of a plan to create a shopping mall, convention centre, hotel and affordable housing in the area. Though the plan has run into various legal obstacles since then, businesses in the area have received letters ordering them to begin vacating their property by February of 2013.
While the city says the plan will create hundreds of new jobs and spur economic growth in the area, for many who work and own businesses there, the mayor’s plan is simply a recipe for their demise.
Watch the video below to see why.
Produced by Robert Libetti
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